New Dogtown Pale Ale - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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New Dogtown Pale AleNew Dogtown Pale Ale

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very good

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Ratings: 1,680
Reviews: 392
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.41%
Wants: 61
Gots: 228 | FT: 0
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: thartman on 09-17-2008

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Photo of Sammy
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Great drinking pale. Record Toronto heat, who cares - got my citrus hoppy satisfiying thirst quencher (follows with water bottle). Pours orange and is very lacey. Neutral aroma, but high marks in drinkability and taste. A little less carbonation is only tiny criticism.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear honey orange with a 2 inch off-white head that settles to a chunky and craggy foam. Thick chunks of lace and foam stick to the walls of the glass on the drink down. Smell is of very nice citrus and tropical fruit notes with some grapefruit juice aromas. Taste is very hopppy with citrus zest, unsweetened grapefruit and its juices, and a slight malt presence towards the finish. A mild hop bitterness lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good APA with a very nice smell and another solid beer coming out of Lagunitas.

Photo of kylehay2004
3.45/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: some lace. Hazy light golden color. Not much head retention

S: grassy and floral.

T: more grassy and floral taste. Very bitter. Some pine and hop notes as well.

M: moderate carbonation and medium body.

Overall: interesting beer but not going to get this one again.

Photo of metter98
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer poured clear golden yellow in color with a two finger high white head. A light amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are strong aromas of citrusy and grassy hops in the nose.
T: The taste has lots of hoppy flavors and notes of grapefruit, which particularly stand out in the finish, but there is only a mild amount of bitterness. Hints of caramel from the underlying malts are also evident in the initial taste.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate, very crisp and slightly sticky.
D: This beer is very refreshing and easy to drink.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a light amber color ale with a relatively large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of medium bitter notes with some light residual sugar. Taste is a mix between some dry malt notes with some bitter hops and subtle floral aromas notes. Body is about average with good carbonation. Good but not as hop-centric as I was expecting knowing the brewer other offerings.

Photo of biboergosum
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle. The "old", apparently stomach-decimating Dogtown was a decent pale ale, so let's see what the makeover brings us.

This beer pours a clear, pale golden amber hue, with a few fingers of thick, creamy, and puffy off-white head, which stands above the lip of the glass in its sturdiness, slowly melting away to leave a few minor rings of sudsy lace around the glass.

It smells of sweet, sweet (ok, and a wee bit tart) grapefruit - those monstrous Texan varieties - muddled tropical fruit, and a bakery-ready biscuity malt - very much like a slightly pulled-back version of Hop Stoopid, so, wickedly appealing. The taste is still zingy grapefruit, but more of a bitter sort than in the aroma, bready, somewhat crackery caramel malt, and further astringent piney, leafy hops.

The carbonation is moderate, just a peppy frothiness throughout, the body perhaps a little thin, but maybe I'm just expecting IPA malt heaviness, given the other characteristics of this beer - however, the overall effect is smooth. It finishes dry and hoppy, the fruit and pine essences following through with gusto.

Definitely in the luscious no-mans' land between an APA and a West Coast IPA. I found it went down very quickly, maybe because I was trying to determine which way it was leaning for each quaff, but mostly, it just tastes great. The only drawback, which I guess is locale-specific? 20 bucks for a sixer on this side of the 49th.

Photo of emerge077
3.71/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into a pint glass, it pours a hazy saturated orange color. Solid head retention, foam sticks around the whole time and leaves neat concentric rings of drippy lacing down the sides.

Big floral, dried citrus peel, pale malt aroma. Wondering how old this is... Caramel malts, dense and chewy, some light weedy bitterness and citrus flavor also. Medium bodied, drinkable... easy to have a couple. This bottle seems a bit malt forward, though there's some residual hop character left. Will probably re-try down the road sometime.

Photo of oberon
3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Always love getting my hands on some new Lagunitas stuff.Poured into a nonic a dull light to medium golend with a thinner but well retained white head.Great aromas the hop profile really stricks out,pine with citric notes mixed with a lightly sweet caramel/biscuit malt base.The flavors dont hit home as much as I ecpected,the caramel malt notes show thru upfront with the citric,piney hop notes finishing but its a little lighter than expected.Mouthfeel is a tad thin but the beer is quaffable.

Photo of zeff80
4.39/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear, bubbly, orange color with a bubbly, khaki-colored head of foam. It left thing trails of lace.

S - It hits you with a blast of pine aroma with touches of citrus. There was a nice caramel aroma, too.

T - It tasted of piney, citrusy hops with a burnt toast maltiness with a sweet caramel flavor.

M - It was crisp and very sharp. A medium-bodied ale.

D - This one is reminiscent of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. It is really one of the hoppiest and best ones around.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle - $5.50 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out an ever so slightly hazed, copper-toned body with a smallish, white head and filled with steady streams of continued effervescence.

Smell: Pale malts accompanied by light scents of grainy bread and caramel set against fair, equating wafts of citrusy, earthy hops.

Taste: Again, slender pale malts with a taste of raw barley grain coated in sweet light caramel. Earthy, citrus hop combination with touches of lemon and pithy grapefruit. Medium-plus bitterness. The body thins out prior to reaching the expectedly dry, bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: This brand new Dogtown PA is nothing more than solid, simple, and adequately quaffable.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, fruity citrus and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste starts with sweet flavors of caramel and citrus. There's a decent hops presence that comes in next along with a hearty malt character that provide a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a nice sessionable beer with flavor and substance that make it worth drinking for a long time.

Photo of Kegatron
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear gold with several fingers of poofy eggshell white head. This peters down into a thinnish creamy dollop of foam, leaving behind some massive rings of sticky lacing. The aroma is fresh, floral, and nicely hopped with some silky notes of citrus, bread, and spice underneath.

The taste is also solid and quite flavorful with a nice dry hopped character that wraps itself around the tongue. This is extremely well balanced by a smooth backbone of caramel, grains, and tangy citric flavors. Nice dry lingering bitterness hangs in the mouth, getting you ready for the next sip. The mouthfeel is lighter medium bodied (quite impressivve considering the +6% ABV) with a fantastic creamy and slick feel. Very easygoing yet it's still got a bit of crispness to it to as well. Very well done.

Nice! Lots of American hop flavor and an extremely good drinkibility make this a winner of an APA in my book! I could session this easy.

Photo of jlindros
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Lagunitas is one of the breweries I found early in my craft beer days, and really helped me get into hoppy beers. But never went back and actually reviewed a lot of the beers, so trying to do that now.

Bottling code, but no discernible date. Pours a light fizzy head, little creamy, hits 1/2 a finger before fading back, nice lacing, nice crystal clear golden honey colored.

Nose nice hops, a mild citrus and rind, fruity and floral hop presence, a little grassiness to the floral hop, faint grainy malt base, fair fruity hop.

Taste brings nice light hop profile, quite floral and a bit grassy, with a nice fruity hop character too, hard to pinpoint the fruit but a fruity like profile, and some fair bitterness that increases a bit as it gets a little spicy like on the back end. Light soft malt base, almost crisp lager like finish, with a big bitter back end, mildly spicy hops, but mostly grassy floral and fruity.

Mouth is med bod, a bit soft, decent carb.

Overall pretty nice, soft malt base that almost gives a lager like quality, nice hop profile not too heavy in any direction, pretty enjoyable yet very drinkable and sessionable, and a nice hoppy bitter finish.

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber with a thin creme head. Nose is pungent floral spiced hops. Citrus tones are on there as well. Flavor is bringing a higer aciditiy with salty citrus toned hop characteristics. Feel has a boisterous carbonation and a good liquid body. This is definitely an American Pale Ale. Higher acidity and higher IBUs than an English version.

Photo of Slatetank
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I purchased this bottle at Shady Mcgrady's enjoyed chilled in a goblet.

The color is copper with good clarity and thick white head with average bead and copious lace, carbonation is visible and rises rapidly to the 2 fingers plus cap. The smell is a mix of hop aromas which are slightly pine and citrus with a subtle floral element and light toasted grain aroma. The feel is good with moderate bitterness and medium carbonation with slight sweetness and hint of spice with a mild alcohol element in the semi-dry finish.

The taste is very good with a modest amount of malt supporting a pretty hop forward flavor with slight spice and pine and gentle tangy zesty citrus which makes for a mostly balanced taste in general with some mild sweetness as it finishes. There is a mild alcohol note in the taste which adds to the slight bite of bitter hops which are almost grapefruit-like. Overall I think this is decent for what it is -a stronger west coast style pale -practically an IPA, but a nice malt balance explains the pale label IMO.

Photo of mactrail
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Golden amber color. Nicely carbonated with a fine white foam. A maltier, more substantial mouthfeel than a lot of Pale Ales.

Rich and malty with a distinctive tang. Flowery and resiny hops are full of flavor with just a moderate bitterness. I didn't realize this stuff was so good, but chalk up another one for Lagunitas. They manage to make even an American Pale Ale taste malty, however. Biscuits and a touch of apple. Hugely fragrant and a lovely nose of straw with a hint of gardenias.

On tap at the Castro Theatre during Noir City festival.

Photo of russpowell
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2nd try at a review...here's to zero server crashes in the future!

Pours honey colored with a pinky of cream colored head. Above average head retention & average lacing

S: Herbal & leafy hops, citrus & a bit of raw booze

T: Grapefruit & leafy hops intertwined with some flinty dryness & some biscuitty malt. As this warms, grapefruit & leafy hops dominate along with some dryness & a touch of pineapple. Finishes with leafy & herbal hops, plus grapefruit & pineapple

MF: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, damn good balance

Drinks very easy, great sessionability, wish I was a bit more in love with the hop mix...

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.65/5  rDev +18%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been meaning to retry this beers "New" Dogtown version, I have to say I love Lagunitas and all things Petaluma, CA (Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals). Had a great time living in Cali when I was a youth, summer of 2001 and I turned 20 I was living in SoCal...this is the type of beer I fell in love with out there that got me this into beer. A perfect west coast pale ale, really pours a glowing orange copper hue with a bright white head forming thick and rising above the rim of my glass. Fine intricate lacing left behind as the head slowly dwindles down, this beer just showed up at my local I may have to clear them out. Look aroma wise it can't get better than this citrus peels with hints of orange, grapefruit, and apricot with even a touch of mild pineapple or something tropical. I know these guys use hop concentrate or hop oils but it's working this beer is so hoppy. Hoppier than their IPA think Hop Stoopid light, that's how they should market this, still a substantial amount of alcohol going on at 6.2% abv it's still effortless to drink besides dealing with a barrage of hop burps that it may induce. Flavor hits with a well rounded bitterness and biscuit pale malts with some herbal spiciness coming through again citrus peels and hops burn your nares with hop burps. Mouthfeel is coated with a slick layer of hop oils streaking across the palate, carbonation is moderate but carries the light to medium bodied pale ale so well. A true classic in my book, you just can't get these same flavors in anyother pale ale out there espcecially any pale in the 6.2 range, which could be a light IPA.

Photo of kojevergas
3.4/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

6.2% ABV confirmed. Six pack acquired at a local Von's grocery store yesterday. Bottled January 11th per the bottle code on the neck of the bottle. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are fairly high but restrained; I like Lagunitas' hoppy offerings but they always taste fundamentally the same; there's this hop oil/extract taste at the heart of all of them.

Served straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Paired with alfredo pasta.

A: Pours a two finger beige colour head of nice cream and thickness, and pretty good (~3 minute) retention. Body colour is a vibrant clear translucent textbook copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. A bit of lacing as the head slowly recedes. Standard amount of carbonation bubbles. It's pretty par for the style; it looks as I'd expect it to. There's nothing unique or special here, but I'm excited to try it.

Sm: Nectary oily hops - the same essential aroma as all other hoppy Lagunitas beers. A bit grassy. Nicely floral. Evocative and appealing. No yeast character is detectable, nor is any alcohol. Pale malts. Clean, refreshing, and moderately strong. It's certainly fresh; I'm excited for my first sip.

T: Nectary, floral, a bit piney, grassy, and featuring light citrus. Pale malts form the foundation. A slight touch of soap; maybe it spent a bit too long in primary. Very refreshing and enjoyable. Full-bodied but not overbearing. There's a lot of flavour here and it's well balanced, but some hop bitterness does poke its ugly head above the pleasant hop notes. A bit of grapefruit. Oily hop character is strong. Shares the aforementioned distinct Lagunitas hop extract core, but it's still a solid beer. Just not a particularly distinguished one. Good complexity for a mere pale ale. I wouldn't quite call it subtle, but it's certainly well executed and has solid depth of flavour.

Mf: Clean, crisp, refreshing, smooth, nectary, and wet. Coarse enough to allow the hop notes to come out fully. Good carbonation, if slightly overdone. Good palate presence. Complements the flavour profile well but doesn't feel custom-tailored to it.

Dr: A very drinkable pale ale from Lagunitas, and one that can be had at a more-than-fair price. Good bang for your buck here; this is a good drinkable brew that would do well for football-watching. Would pair well with food too. Still, it's not unique or special and I wouldn't consider myself impressed. It meets my fairly high expectations, and at this price point that's a great thing.

Serve pretty cold, but don't overdo it.

B-

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lagunitas New Dogtown Pale Ale.

"Back then the beer tasted like broccoli and kersene and the carbonation ate right through and drained your gut..." ...and so on, and so forth. Really? Good thing that's over!

Very clear, very golden. Lovely to look at, delightful to know. Slim head.

Aroma: Beautiful, floral, lightly citric, ...a touch of honey. Just right.

Taste: Nice, elegant bristling buzzing blast of hops right off the top, keeps zooming along the palate.
Full bodied, continual hop attack, easy drinking hoppy pale ale. Slightly sweet malt base, keeps up with the bitter hop profile that never quite quits. Bready malt meets apple and citrus fruit in the hops, excellent mix, classic pale ale style.

It's a good beer and you can drink it.

Photo of smcolw
3.64/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Modest head, but it leaves a rich blanket of lasting lace. Dirty gold color and clear.

First impression on the smell is of raw grapefruit rind. Not harsh but still extremely strong hop.

Very spicy (hoppy) for the style. In fact it's more hoppy than most IPAs I've tried. I like it, but it's very surprising. No malt flavor makes it to the tongue. Highly carbonated. The body is just below the average.

This definitely falls under the extreme category. If you like sucking hop pellets, you'll like this beer.

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 4/20/2014. Pours slightly hazy deep gold color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy white head with great retention, that reduces to nice cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, floral, grass, light pine, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good complexity of bright citrus/floral hops and moderate pale malt sweetness; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, floral, grass, light pine, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, floral, grass, pine, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity and balance of bright citrus/floral hops and moderate pale malt sweetness; with a nice malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent pale ale! All around great complexity and balance of bright citrus/floral hops and pale malt sweetness; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of chinchill
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle served in a Porter Bar goblet.

A: this has the powerful weed/citrusy hop aroma of an IPA, or even a DIPA. ABV is more like an IPA too, and partly hidden (although there is some harshness in the mouthfeel). The aromas seems clean even though it has some herbal/earthy elements in it and is reminiscent of skunky weed ... uh, from what I've heard.

T: plenty of hops in the flavor too, and they impart a clear impression of grapefruit in the aftertaste. The beer has a little sweetness upfront, and orange seems to be the predominant citrus flavor until the finish.

M: Medium body with a hint of syrup; medium carbonation; some warming and harshness from the alcohol (and hops?).

O: I would like to try this side-by-side with a Lagunitas Hop Stoopid (a favorite) -- I think the flavor profile is similar but less aggressive. At any rate, this is probably the most highly hopped APA I've ever had and would pass in a blind taste test as an IPA.

(revisited in June 2013 with a, most likely, 2013 bottle).

Photo of WesWes
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a nice golden color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has more of an English style pale ale scent. It boasts of pale and bisquit malts along with a more noble hop based aroma. The taste is decent. It has a turbulant balance of malt and hops. It's got the pale and bisquity flavor, but with citrus hops in the finish. The two don't mix well together. There is a bready sweetness along with a rich mouthfeel. It's a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a decent APA, but I was expecting better from these guys.

Photo of dbrauneis
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear dark golden yellow to copper in color with light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a dense and fluffy two and a half finger tall off-white head that slowly reduces to a thin film covering the entire surface of the beer with a large thin-medium patch and a medium-thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of grapefruit/citrus hops with a very light underlying malt smell.

T: The beer starts out with a light to moderate amount of underlying caramel malts but then the grapefruit/citrus hop flavors really take over. Great grapefruit hop flavors with very little bitterness.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp and slightly sticky.

O: Very enjoyable and easy to drink - the alcohol is well hidden as this drinks like a 4% beer than the 6.2% that it is. Very nice aromas and flavors of grapefruit/citrus hops.

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New Dogtown Pale Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,680 ratings.